Governor Phil Murphy

Nurture NJ

The Maternal and Infant Health Crisis In New Jersey
Despite our incredible, innovative healthcare system, New Jersey’s maternal mortality rates are among the worst in the nation. Thirty-seven women die, on average, for every 100,000 live births in New Jersey, compared to 20 nationally. Our state ranks 45th in maternal deaths according to the United Health Foundation. For women and babies of color, the statistics are even more dire. An African American woman in New Jersey is five times more likely to die due to pregnancy complications than a white woman, and an African American infant is three times more likely to die in their first year of life than a white baby.

This is the widest racial disparity in the nation and we must work together to address the factors that have led to this disparity: access to healthcare, housing, transportation, nutritious food, quality childcare, workforce development, education, and more.

Nurture NJ

Nurture NJ is the First Lady’s statewide awareness campaign that is committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable maternal and infant care among women and children of all races and ethnicities. The campaign, which is devoted to serving every mother, every baby, and every family, includes a multi-pronged, multi-agency approach to improve maternal and infant health among New Jersey women and children. Nurture NJ includes internal collaboration and programing between departments and agencies; an annual Black Maternal and Infant Health Leadership Summit; the First Lady’s Family Festival event series; and a robust social media strategy to inform and raise awareness.

First Lady Tammy Murphy Introduces Nurture NJ

Family Festivals

First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Family Festivals connect parents and guardians with state, county, and local resources — creating a one-stop shop for care, support, resources, and relief.

From energy assistance to health insurance to child care, you can find just about every available resource at our Family Festivals. Your kids can enjoy free food, music, and raffle prizes while you sign up for services, get direct answers from providers, and learn about your local programs.

These festivals are fully funded by The Nicholson Foundation.

For more information, please contact familyfestival@nj.gov.


Family Festival - Paterson Logo

Family Festival Paterson

October 14, 2018
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School
137 Carroll Street, Paterson, NJ

Family Festival - Paterson Logo

Family Festival Trenton

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School
301 Gladstone Ave, Trenton, NJ

Family Festival - Camden Logo

Family Festival Camden

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Octavius V. Catto Family School
3100 Westfield Ave, Camden, NJ

Family Festival - Newark Logo

Family Festival Newark

June 8, 2019
Central High School
246 18th Avenue, Newark, NJ

Cabinet Meetings

The First Lady convenes quarterly Interdepartmental Maternal and Infant Health meetings with over state departments and agencies. Each department has been tasked with developing their own strategies to contribute to the shared goal of improving health outcomes for all mothers and babies across the state.

The following departments and agencies participate in these meetings:

  1. Department of Health
  2. Department of Human Services
  3. Department of Children and Families
  4. Department of Education
  5. Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  6. Department of Banking and Insurance
  7. Department of Treasury
  8. Department of Agriculture
  9. Department of Corrections
  10. Department of Environmental Protection
  11. Department of Community Affairs
  12. Department of Transportation
  13. Office of Information Technology
  14. Board of Public Utilities

Summit

In October 2018, the First Lady held the first annual Black Maternal and Infant Health Leadership Summit at Drumthwacket. Over 120 representatives were present - from nurses and physicians to departments and legislators--to discuss short-, medium-, and long-term solutions to reducing high morbidity and mortality rates in black maternal and infant health.

Nurture NJ emphasizes collaboration to achieve its goals of reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, and ensuring equitable access to maternal and infant care for women and children of all races and ethnicities. Hundreds of organizations across the state are working tirelessly for New Jersey families, and we each have a platform that can help move the needle forward in achieving our mutual goals.


Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event

Resources

 

Maternity, Infant, and Early Childhood (0-3)

NJ Parent Link is an online interagency network that uses digital communication to connect expectant parents and families to private & public sector resources.
Learn more here.

Healthy Women, Healthy Families (HWHF) is a Department of Health initiative to improve maternal & infant health outcomes by reducing racial & economic disparities. HWHF uses county-specific Central Intake Hubs to connect new & expectant mothers to Community Health Workers, who then connect them to healthcare resources like home visitation programs & doula care services.
Find a local Central Intake office here .

WIC is a health-based nutrition program for low and moderate-income pregnant and new mothers at risk of developing nutrition-related health problems by providing relevant education and advice, nutritious foods, and improved access to health care and social services.
Learn more here. Find a local WIC agency here

NJ WIC Online
NJ WIC Online is a digital resource that walks you through tips on eating healthy, breastfeeding, being active, infants from 0-6 months, babies from 6-24 months, and on fruits and vegetables.
Click here to access WIC Online.

Breastfeeding Support
A mother’s milk is tailored for her baby and important for optimum infant growth and development and the health of both mother and baby. To encourage healthy development in babies and mothers, NJ Parent Link and WIC offer advice and services for breastfeeding support.
Learn more here and here.

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The WIC Farmers Market program provides locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to WIC participants and senior citizens. WIC participants receive four $5 checks/vouchers from their local WIC, which can be used to redeem for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Learn more here. Find local WIC agencies here.

Home Visitation Programs, in the Department of Children and Families, provide at-home information and support to expectant or new parents and caregivers. These programs also link families to resources and services that provide prenatal care, healthcare, WIC, transportation, social services, and more.
Click here to find a list of programs offered by your county.

Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
NFP focuses on first-time pregnant women and mothers to ensure healthier pregnancies and births, stronger child development, and better financial self-sufficiency.
Learn more here. Find a local nurse here.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)
PAT provides at-home services where certified parent educators help bolster the development, learning, and health of early childhood education and family support.
Learn more here. Find a local parent educator here.

Healthy Families - TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. Healthy Families - TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP) offers parenting guidance through either personal home visitation or community-based support sessions.
Learn more about Healthy Families - TIP here. Learn more about TANF here.

Quality child and infant care can help foster healthy early development of young children.

Grow NJ Kids
Grow NJ Kids allows parents to find quality childcare and early learning programs to foster educational growth prior to kindergarten.
Learn more here. Find local programs here

Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a federal program that serves expectant mothers and infants under the age of 3 with at-home or care center intensive comprehensive child development and family support services.
Learn more here. Find local head start programs here.

Child Care Subsidy Program
The Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development provides grants to help support programs and providers in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program. The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance in child care for low-income families who are working, in training, or in school.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a daycare-based program that promotes the development of basic nutritional concepts and provides well-balanced meals to encourage good eating habits.
Learn more here. Find participating CACFP locations here.

Teen parents may need extra support and guidance as they transition into parenthood.
Learn more here. Find available services at the Youth Resource Spot here.

Project TEACH
Project TEACH provides a 12-month educational support program for pregnant or new teen parents at risk of school failure by offering lessons in financial literacy, technology, conflict resolution, parenting and co-parenting, and more.
Learn more here. Find participating schools here.

Parent Linking Program (PLP)
The Parent Linking Program (PLP) provides services that help young parents endure the socioeconomic and psychological challenges of teenage pregnancy by offering counseling, support, and care necessary for them to complete a high school education and strengthen their parenting skills.
Learn more here.

 

Health and Healthcare

Family Health Services is a five-program area division that works to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey.

Community Health and Wellness
Community Health and Wellness encourages healthy lifestyles through tips on nutrition, fitness, tobacco control, and chronic disease programs.
Learn more here.

Primary Care and Rural Health
Primary Care and Rural Health tailors to the healthcare needs of rural areas according to their unique infrastructure, resources, and environment.
Learn more here.

Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health resources address early health concerns by offering information and resources for mothers and babies.
Learn more here.

Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services (SCHEIS)
Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services (SCHEIS) foster the proper development and well-being of families by providing quality specialized healthcare and early intervention services.
Learn more here.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children is commonly known as WIC. WIC is a successful public health nutrition program that provides wholesome food, nutrition education and community support for income eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum, infants and children up to five years old.
Learn more here.

Through the Division on Women, the Office of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with access to hotlines, emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, among other services.
Click here for a list of programs based on county.

Peace: A Learned Solution (PALS) Program
PALS is a research-based program that uses creative arts therapies like art and dance for children who have been exposed to domestic violence.
Learn more here.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-F CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-F CBT) is an evidence-based program that offers support in the aftermath of traumatic experiences for children, adolescents, and their caregivers. By offering a combination of individual child/parent sessions and conjoint parent-child sessions, children and caregivers experience positive growth through overcoming their trauma.
Learn more here. Find local certified therapists here.

Health insurance programs help provide access to health coverage for individuals and small employers, regardless of health status, age, claims history, among other risk factors.

Get Covered NJ
For individuals unable to qualify for Medicaid, Get Covered NJ offers an alternative option of affordable health insurance plans.
Learn more here. Find out if you qualify for coverage here.

NJ FamilyCare
NJ FamilyCare is a health insurance program created to help provide affordable health insurance by covering doctor visits, eyeglasses, hospitalization, lab tests, and more.
Learn more here . Apply here.
Click here for a list of FamilyCare Medical Assistance Customer Centers.
Click here for a list of dental services listed by health plan.

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF)
The CICRF helps provide families with financial assistance for previously incurred medical and/or hospital expenses for their children that exceed a certain percentage of their income.
Learn more here. Apply here.

The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) in the Department of Human Services provides educational services from birth through 21 years of age, to eligible children and their families. These services are designed to allow students who are blind or vision impaired to participate equally with their sighted peers in classroom activities.
Click herefor a list of the services and programs offered.

Early Intervention System
Each county has a NJEIS County Coordinator who evaluates the baby’s service needs and does referrals to CBVI in the case of deaf-blindness, blindness or vision impairment.
Learn more here.

Infant Services (birth to age 3)
CBVI staff will assess a child’s vision and, if eligible, offer specialized instruction tailored to his or her needs in the home. CBVI staff also works closely with family members, early intervention providers and healthcare professionals to assist the child in making a smooth transition to preschool at age three.

Deaf-Blind Services (birth through 21)
CBVI offers special services to help meet the needs of children who have both vision and hearing deficits. These include assessing the level of the child’s impairment, consulting with family members, teaching staff, and loaning the student adaptive equipment and materials.
Learn more here.

Disability services can provide individuals with the care and resources to help ensure quality living.

Disability Resources Directory
The NJ Department of Human Services Resources Directory is intended to be a comprehensive resource identifying programs and services to individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and advocates. The publication provides access to up-to-date information that individuals with disabilities, along with their families, can use to help them thrive in their physical, professional and recreational lives
Learn more here.

Aged, Blind, Disabled Programs (ABD)
Aged, Blind, Disabled Programs (ABD) Programs help people who need access to relevant health care services in the community or in long-term care facilities.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (OPDD)
The Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (OPDD) works to prevent developmental disabilities by identifying disabilities that are preventable through raising awareness on good maternal and child health practices.
Learn more here.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI helps seniors over 65, or those blind and disabled (including children), with financial supplements through agencies and supportive services to help pay for maintenance expenses.
Learn more here.

The Department of Children and Families’ Children's System of Care (CSOC) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families; children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families; and, children with substance use challenges and their families. CSOC is committed to providing services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.

PerformCare
PerformCare is the single point of access to a wide array of behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disability services as well as substance use treatment for youth and families throughout New Jersey. Anyone may call PerformCare to get information about the Children’s System of Care. Generally, however, only a parent or legal guardian is authorized to request services.
Learn more here.
For more information regarding CSOC services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Care Management Organization Services
Youth whose needs require moderate or intensive care management that cross multiple service systems may be eligible for enrollment with a CSOC Care Management Organization (CMO).
Learn more here.
For more information regarding CMO services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services
Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) are available around the clock, 365 days a year, to youth in danger of being removed from their current living arrangements. MRSS can be delivered at the site of a crisis within one hour of a request and can remain in place up to eight weeks.
Learn more here.
For more information regarding Mobile Response services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Family Support Organizations
Family Support Organizations (FSO) offer peer support, advocacy, and other resources to families of youth with behavioral health needs, substance use needs, and intellectual and developmental challenges.
Learn more here.
For more information regarding Family Support Organizations call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In-Home Supports and Services
CSOC offers a variety of in-home, clinical services for youth with mental health challenges and youth with developmental disabilities, including youth on the autism spectrum.
For more information regarding in-home supports and services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Out-of-Home Services
CSOC offers an array of out-of-home services of varying intensities for youth with behavioral health care challenges, developmental disabilities, and/or substance use challenges. To be eligible for out-of-home services through CSOC, youth must be enrolled with a CMO and meet applicable clinical criteria.
For more information regarding CSOC out-of-home services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Developmental Disability Services
CSOC offers an array of supports and services to youth determined eligible to receive developmental disability services. Available services include in-home supports and services such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), family support services such as respite, and out-of-home care.
For more information regarding CSOC developmental disability services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Family Support Services
For families of youth determined eligible to receive developmental disability services, CSOC offers a variety of family support services (FSS), which are designed to maintain and enhance the quality of life of youth and their families. FSS services include Respite Care, Educational Advocacy and Assistive Technology.
Learn more here.
For more information regarding CSOC out-of-home services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Substance Use Treatment Services
CSOC offers treatment services like detoxification, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial care, short-term residential, and long-term residential approaches.
For more information regarding CSOC substance use treatment services and how to access them call 1-877-652-7624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Untitled Document

Benefits

NJHelps helps individuals and families find out if they are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid) and apply for these services. They can also learn about additional resources.
Learn more here.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides economic assistance and foods to low-income families to provide access to nutritional groceries and foods.
Learn more here. Apply here.

NJ FamilyCare
NJ FamilyCare is a health insurance program created to help provide affordable health insurance by covering doctor visits, eyeglasses, hospitalization, lab tests, and more.
Learn more here. Apply here.
Click here for a list of FamilyCare Medical Assistance Customer Centers.
Click here for a list of dental services listed by health plan.

Child Care Subsidy Program
The Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development provides grants to help support programs and providers in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program. Through the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance in child care for low-income families who are working, in training, or in school.
Learn more about the Child Care Subsidy Program here. Click here to learn how to apply and the services best for you.

WorkFirst Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
WorkFirst Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and services offer assistance to needy families through a series of purposes: providing at-home care for children in needy families, reducing dependencies of needy parents by helping them obtain skills to become self-sufficient, preventing and reducing incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Learn more here. Click here for a list of social services offered by your county.

Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Family Program (SAIF)
Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Family Program (SAIF) helps families and individuals who have exhausted their five-year time limit on welfare and do not meet criteria for an exemption to the time limit to continue receiving cash grant support.
Learn more here and here.

Get Covered NJ
For individuals unable to qualify for Medicaid, Get Covered NJ offers an alternative option of affordable health insurance plans.
Learn more here. Find out if you qualify for coverage here.

NJ FamilyCare
NJ FamilyCare is a health insurance program created to help provide affordable health insurance by covering doctor visits, eyeglasses, hospitalization, lab tests, and more.
Learn more here. Apply here.
Click here for a list of FamilyCare Medical Assistance Customer Centers.
Click here for a list of dental services listed by health plan.

Through New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Law, the Department of Labor protects individuals who need a temporary disability leave or family leave by allowing them two-thirds of their pay from their time on leave.

Temporary Disability Leave Insurance (TDI)
TDI allows individuals suffering an illness, injury, or other disability that prevents them from working and wasn’t caused by their job.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Family Leave Insurance (FLI)
FLI allows parents to take time off before and after childbirth, and is intended for families to bond with a newborn or adopted child, or to care for a sick family member: mothers can utilize TDI up to four weeks after the expected delivery; after birth, mothers can take leave after delivery using TDI; and after leave, both parents can apply for FLI.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Energy assistance programs can provide financial assistance, utility-based aid, and relevant advice on in-home energy systems to low-income residents in New Jersey.

Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance with energy bills for very low-income individuals and families with medical heating and cooling needs.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Universal Service Fund Program (USF)
The Universal Service Fund Program (USF) provides financial assistance with natural gas and electricity bills for low-income individuals and families.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps elderly, handicapped, and low-income individuals to weatherize homes, improve the heating system efficiency, and conserve energy.
Learn more here. Apply by contacting your local state weatherization agency, which you can find here.

The Department of Transportation, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, works to ensure that no qualified person with a disability is excluded or denied the benefit of access to public transportation.

Access Link Paratransit (NJ TRANSIT)
Access link is NJ TRANSIT’s paratransit service. The program provides origin to destination transportation, within a predetermined service area, for people with disabilities who qualify. Fares, schedules and rules are the same as standard local fixed route Bus and Light Rail services.
Learn more here. Apply here.

NJ TRANSIT Reduced Fare Program
NJ TRANSIT also offers reduced fare for people with disabilities who use the Bus, Rail, or Light Rail to travel. Reduced Fare is not available for customers who use Access Link.

Learn more by contacting:
One Penn Plaza East, 5th Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07105
Phone: (973) 491-7112
Fax: (973) 609-1753
Email: reducedfare@NJTransit.com

Job Access Reverse Commute Program (JARC)
JARC works to provide transportation services for welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking employment. JARC allows better access to entry-level jobs with hours when public transit services are reduced or nonexistent.
Learn more here. Apply here.

LogistiCare Medical Transportation
LogistiCare acts as a medical transportation broker to deliver transportation services to Medicaid recipients in all counties.
Learn more here. Apply here.

 

Untitled Document

Food Assistance and Nutrition

Food assistance programs can help low-income and underserved families acquire quality, nutritious foods. Learn more here.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides economic assistance and foods to low-income families to provide access to nutritional groceries and foods.
Learn more here. Apply here.

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The WIC Farmers Market program provides locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to WIC participants and senior citizens. WIC participants receive four $5 checks/vouchers from their local WIC, which can be used to redeem for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Learn more here. Find local WIC agencies here.

Food distribution programs provide food and commodities to needy and underprivileged recipients like students, low-income individuals, families, and communities.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP provides over 70 different food items to individuals covered by TANF, SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, low-income, and disaster relief participants. Participants receive food by visiting a nearby local distribution agency, which can be an emergency food pantry, a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a needy feeding agency.
Learn more here. Find local pantries here.

Nutrition programs provide nutritive literacy for families by offering lessons, advice, and tips on healthy and quality eating.

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
CACFP is a daycare-based program that promotes the development of basic nutritional concepts and provides well-balanced meals to encourage good eating habits.
Learn more here. Find participating CACFP locations here.

NJ SNAP-Ed
NJ SNAP-Ed, a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a nutrition and fitness education program aimed at teaching NJ residents how to make healthy, budget-friendly food choices and lead more active lives.
Learn more here.

 

Untitled Document

Family Support Services & Housing Assistance

Child welfare programs offer support and assistance to children in disadvantaged and dangerous situations.

Child Abuse Hotline
All reports of child abuse and neglect, including those occurring in institutional settings such as child care centers, schools, foster homes and residential treatment centers, must be reported to the State Central Registry (SCR). This is a toll-free, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week hotline. Contact 1-877-NJABUSE
Learn more here.

Child Support Hotline
Regardless of their living situation or relationship, parents should provide the financial, medical and emotional support a child needs to grow into a responsible adult. New Jersey's Child Support Program can help. Contact 1-877-NJ KIDS1 (1-877-655-4371)
Learn more here. Find local offices here.

Energy assistance programs can provide financial assistance, utility-based aid, and relevant advice on in-home energy systems to low-income residents in New Jersey.

Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP provides financial assistance with energy bills for very low-income individuals and families with medical heating and cooling needs.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Universal Service Fund Program (USF)
USF provides financial assistance with natural gas and electricity bills for low-income individuals and families.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
WAP helps elderly, handicapped, and low-income individuals to weatherize homes, improve the heating system efficiency, and conserve energy.
Learn more here. Apply by contacting your local state weatherization agency, which you can find here.

Housing programs provide low-income and underserved families with home and housing services.

Social Service for the Homeless (SSH)
Social Service for the Homeless (SSH) provides assistance to New Jersey residents who are at risk of homelessness, but are ineligible for Emergency Assistance through our Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or General Assistance Programs or Supplemental Security Income. SSH providers are available in each county and can provide housing stability services to prevent families from homelessness or assist them in securing stable and safe housing.
Learn more here.

State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP)
The State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) provides tenant-based and project-based rental assistance grants to extremely low-income residents in New Jersey.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Lead-Safe Home Remediation Program (LSHR)
The Lead-Safe Home Remediation Program (LSHR) helps women and children identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards in their homes to prevent elevated blood lead-levels.
Learn more here. Apply here.

Eligible taxpayers can apply for different types of tax credits, which can help boost their financial security and/or credit.

NJ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
NJEITC is a cash-back tax credit that puts up to $2,379 back into the pockets of working families and individuals, including the self-employed, who earn low to moderate income.
Learn more here.

Child and Dependent Care Credit
There is a Gross Income Tax credit for eligible resident taxpayers who are allowed a federal credit for expenses they incur for the care of one or more qualifying individuals. A qualifying individual can be a child under age 13 or a spouse or dependent who lived with the taxpayer for more than half the year and is physically or mentally incapable of self-care.
Learn more here.

Family Support services help connect families, communities, and more to one another to help foster building a stronger family.

Family & Community Partnerships/Division on Women (FCP/DOW) Directory
The Family & Community Partnerships/Division on Women (FCP/DOW) Directory provides a list of resources and services for strengthening families, preventing abuse and neglect, and empowering survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Learn more here. Find county-based FCP/DOW Directories here.

The Kinship Navigator Program
Kinship Navigator supports caregivers who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their relatives’ children. These children can include the caregiver’s siblings, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. Local kinship agencies help caregivers navigate other forms of government assistance, determine their eligibility for Kinship Navigator Program benefits, and provide technical support with legal commitments to the child.
Learn more here. Find local county-based services by calling 211 or 1-877-652-1148.

Family Success Centers (FSC)
Family Success Centers are safe and welcoming neighborhood gathering places where any community resident can go for support, information, and resources.  Centers offer numerous family oriented programs and strength-based activities for all ages. Through fun and educational activities, Family Success Centers connect families to resources in the community and strengthen connections between parents and children.  All activities are free and voluntary.
Learn more here. Find local FSC’s here.

Strengthening Families (SF)
Strengthening Families (SF) promotes healthy development in children and families through reducing the risks caused by primary environments (homes, schools, workplaces, and communities) by offering guidance to childcare and familycare providers.
Learn more here.

NJ Youth Resource Spot (NJYRS)
NJ Youth Resource Spot (NJYRS) is a website that provides a network of services that support young people by connecting them to peers, organizations, and programs that benefit them.
Learn more here. Find local resources here.

Press Releases

 

Jun
07

First Lady Tammy Murphy to Host Fourth Family Festival in Newark to Fight Maternal and Infant Health Crisis

As part of Nurture NJ, her statewide awareness campaign, the First Lady developed the Family Festival event series which targets cities with high rates of maternal and infant mortality and connects mothers, fathers, grandparents, and anyone else involved in taking care of a child with state, county, and local resources—creating a one-stop shop for state, county, and local resources.

Read More
May
10

Governor Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, New Jersey Departments of Health and Human Services Recognize National Women’s Health Week

During National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), May 12-18, Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, alongside the New Jersey Departments of Health and Human Services, will join local stakeholders to highlight the State’s efforts and priorities in improving women’s health.

Read More
May
08

Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package to Combat New Jersey’s Maternal and Infant Health Crisis

Governor Phil Murphy today signed a legislative package into law to combat New Jersey’s maternal and infant health crisis. The series of bills, which will support the efforts of the Administration’s Nurture NJ campaign, will improve health outcomes for New Jersey’s mothers and babies, as well as address racial disparities in maternal and infant care.

Read More
May
01

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Establish Maternal Mortality Review Committee

“This legislation will allow us to take a comprehensive approach to analyzing data and finding solutions to address maternal mortality and morbidity in our state. I commend my partners in Legislature for working with me to build a stronger, fairer and healthier New Jersey.”

Read More
Apr
02

First Lady, Health Commissioner Host Health Equity Forums As Part of National Minority Health Month

First Lady Tammy Murphy and Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal will join state and local partners in Atlantic City on April 4 for a Health Equity forum as part of National Minority Health Month. April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Active & Healthy.” As part of the month-long observance, at the Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) will hold the first of two forums at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Read More
Mar
28

Governor Murphy Designates Week in March as Doula Appreciation Week

Doulas support healthy pregnancies by providing culturally appropriate, social and emotional support to pregnant women throughout the prenatal period, labor and delivery, as well as the postpartum period. Research demonstrates that support from a doula is associated with lower caesarian section rates, fewer obstetric interventions, fewer complications, and the improved health of mothers and babies after delivery.

Read More
Mar
21

First Lady Tammy Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection to Launch Social Media Campaign to Promote Environmental Protection Tips

The First Lady will promote weekly environmental protection tips on issues such as conserving water, saving energy, and recycling to encourage others to preserve our natural resources.

Read More
Mar
13

At Trenton Nurture NJ Roundtable, First Lady Touts Investments in Governor’s Proposed Budget to Combat Maternal and Infant Health Crisis – March 13 2019

First Lady Tammy Murphy today held a roundtable discussion at Children’s Futures in Trenton to highlight $1 million in funding in Governor Murphy’s proposed budget to provide doula care service to expectant mothers on Medicaid. The investment will help combat racial disparities in health outcomes for New Jersey mothers and their children.

Read More
Mar
04

Nurture NJ Increases Services to Address Black Infant Mortality: 6 Month Accomplishments of the Healthy Women Healthy Families Program

Nurture NJ, First Lady Tammy Murphy’s statewide effort to improve maternal and infant health, is making strides to reach communities of color with services that address black infant mortality. As part of this effort, the New Jersey Department of Health has increased outreach, support and services to women of color to improve health and birth outcomes

Read More
Mar
01

First Lady Tammy Murphy to Host Family Festival in Camden to Fight Maternal and Infant Health Crisis- March 1 2019

The Camden Family Festival, which is funded by the Nicholson Foundation, is hosted in collaboration with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and will feature nearly 100 participating community organizations.

Read More
Feb
02

Murphy Administration: Increased Child Care Rates Now in Effect & First Child Care Improvement Grants Awarded

First Lady Murphy and Commissioner Johnson Announce Investments to Help Working Families

Read More
Jan
31

Governor Murphy Announces Thousands of New Jersey Women Benefitting from Restoration of $7.5 Million for Women’s Health Care and Family Planning Services

Funding has Allowed Clinics to Offer Increased HIV-Prevention (PrEP) Counseling

Read More
Jan
23

First Lady Tammy Murphy Announces Nurture NJ Campaign, Reinforces New Jersey’s Commitment to Maternal and Infant Health

In observance of Maternal Health Awareness Day, First Lady Tammy Murphy today launched Nurture NJ, a statewide awareness campaign committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable maternal and infant care among women and children of all races and ethnicities. The First Lady’s announcement was made at Cooper University Health Care in Camden alongside cabinet members of the Murphy Administration and members of the Legislature, who reaffirmed New Jersey’s commitment to promoting maternal and infant health.

Read More

Media

First Lady Tammy Murphy launches Nurture NJ

Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event

Family Festival - Camden NJ

Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event

Black Maternal and Infant Health Leadership Summit

Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event
Photo from the Event